The Oberlin Review

Redd, Williams Provide Experienced Candidates

Jim Walsh, Professor of Mathematics

November 3, 2017

To the Editors: I am writing to express strong support for School Board candidates Sandra Redd and Jason Williams. I believe it is important that we elect School Board candidates that will move the district forward, bringing in diverse thoughts and opinions. As a registered nurse and an Oberlin High School graduate who has been involved in Oberlin schools for over 30 years as a student, parent, and advocate, Redd will bring a new voice to board deliberations and decision-making. Williams is a Lorain County native, parent of two Oberlin school children, and an Oberlin College graduate who founded a program that promotes STEM literacy among school-age children. I am confident Redd and Williams will each make important contri...

March 15 Ballot to Renew Oberlin City School Budget

Adam Gittin, News Editor

March 11, 2016

Voters will find several levies up for renewal on the ballot as they take to the polls Tuesday. Among these levies are Issues 25 and 26, which would renew the Oberlin City School District’s operating levy and permanent improvement levy, respectively. Together they account for about 10 percent of the district’s budget. If passed, Issues 25 and 26 would re-up existing property taxes that pay for many of the schools’ critical functions. As renewal levies, they would not create any new taxes. “Issues 25 and 26 are just renewal levies to keep our roofs up to date, to keep programs that we have running, to keep our athletics going, to keep our phenomenal arts program going and keep staffing going,” said David...

Board Minimizes Significance of PARCC Tests

Hannah Jackel-Dewhurst

April 3, 2015

The Oberlin Board of Education plans to enter a memorandum of understanding with teachers to minimize the weight placed on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test scores when evaluating teachers. This February marked the advent of PARCC testing in Ohio. The assessments are designed to align with the Common Core standards and measure important skills in students like critical thinking. However, some Oberlin residents have raised concern about the weight put on these test scores and how it might impact both students’ futures and teacher evaluations. According to Oberlin Board of Education President Ken Stanley, up to 50 percent and no less than 39 percent of a teacher’s evaluation...

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